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Between the Word and the Screen: A Historical Perspective on the Hausa Literary Movement and the Home Video Invasion

Yusuf M. Adamu
Journal of African Cultural Studies
Vol. 15, No. 2 (Dec., 2002), pp. 203-213
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3181417
Page Count: 11
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Between the Word and the Screen: A Historical Perspective on the Hausa Literary Movement and the Home Video Invasion
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Abstract

This paper attempts to provide a historical perspective to the emergence of the Hausa video industry as it affects the Hausa Literary Movement which started in the mid-1980s. The paper explains the factors that led to the emergence of the Hausa Literary Movement, the socio-economic and cultural factors that shaped its rise and decline - and its reawakening with the threat posed by the video. It traces the history of the video movement in Hausaland and how it is linked with Hausa authors. Factors that paved the way for the invasion of the Literary Movement by the video are also discussed. The paper concludes by accepting that the video movement has affected the Literary Movement, but the Literary Movement is taking a new shape and dimension - and lives on.

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